Hey all….I have always admired Ms. Spalding for her tremendous talent as a Singer, Bassist and songwriter. And, she writes and performs largely in the Jazz and Classical genres. That’s saying an awful lot for a 28 year old.
This linked article is from early 2012 but her thoughts here on success as an artist, and on the creative process are such that I had to share. Very inspiring.
The Benefits of Singing
by Madisyn Taylor
Singing is an act of vibration. It takes music from the realm of the unformed– whether that is in your mind or from that magical space of inspiration–and moves it from within to without. From the first breath singing moves the energy in a circular way inside your body. As the breath fills your lungs, it brushes against the second and third chakras – the centers of creation and honoring self and others. Instead of merely exhaling, pushing the air past the fourth and fifth chakras where heart charka and the center of will and intention reside, singing engages both the heart and mind. Sound vibrations from vocal chords resonate in the sinus cavities, filling the head with motion and sound while the brain lights up with the processing of the mathematics of music. This marriage of activities brings the third eye into play and opens the door for inspiration from the crown chakra before sending the sound out into the world.
Once the vibration begins, it is sustained with each note, moving throughout your body and the space around you. This can help you to harmonize your frequency with the world and with the divine. The use of the voice can bring about catharsis, a cleansing from the expression of emotion, which is why we feel better after singing certain types of songs. All of this occurs even if we are not conscious of what we are singing, but when we really connect with an intention, the power of the voice and music together are powerful tools in creation.
Even if you are not a singer by nature or talent, you are not left out. If you have a voice, it is your birthright to celebrate life with song. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel you have a nice voice. Chanting or humming, singing solo or with others, your voice is yours to enjoy. Whether you sing along to the radio or use vocalization as part of your meditation time, singing and harmonizing are healing activities that bring your body’s vibrations into alignment with the universe.
These sacred chant albums are a great way to experience the sound healing power of singing for yourself. The kirtan format of call and response singing was created in India thousands of years ago as a form of spiritual technology to align individual with collective vibration. – Steve Gordon
Radiance by Jaya Lakshmi
This Universe by Singh Kaur
Hey all….I want to pass along a wonderful resource on vocal health from Duke University. This is a most comprehensive overview on the proper care of the voice from vocal hygiene, to the voice as we age.
I will come back in time to discuss some of these topics in more detail. I have also added this link to my resource page here on the site.